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Transparency , accountability, and civic participation are key to improving Sao Paulo’s water security.

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The Global Rundown Jordan and Saudi Arabia signed a deal to protect the Disi aquifer. Scientists found compounds used in fracking in Pennsylvania well water, United States rivers are recovering quickly after dam removals, and California water bonds are losing value. Pakistan charged its provinces with implementing climate change policy. Fjords trap large amounts of […]

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The Global Rundown California is warning that water wasters could face steep fines, while drought in the western United States brought Lake Mead to its lowest level on record. Djibouti is pursuing geothermal power to bring down energy prices, and Brazil and Bolivia may build a major new hydropower dam. Organizations in Latin America are […]

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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The Global Rundown Water is a growing concern in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Nepal. Nitrate pollution are threatening drinking water in Minnesota, conservation efforts are making progress in the Colorado River Delta, and more water permits are expired in California’s national forests. The Islamic State recently captured a strategic dam outside of […]

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The Global Rundown Cities are not tapping into China’s massive South-North water diversion. Researchers raised concerns about the safety of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam, groundwater levels dropped in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, and protests continued against a copper mine in Peru. A solar-powered desalination plant won USAID’s Desal Prize, and new regulations are expected to […]

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Ohio passes its first regulations on farm practices and wastewater discharges since the Toledo drinking water crisis eight months ago.

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The Global Rundown An environmental activist plans to swim New York City’s toxic Gowanus Canal to bring attention to water pollution on Earth Day. Exxon will pay millions to settle pollution violations in Arkansas, and Rio Tinto will pay millions to improve goodwill and water supplies in Mongolia. Thousands of people are still without water […]

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The Global Rundown Abandoned tailings ponds are a threat to the environment and public health in Chile, nongovernmental organizations say. North Carolina found contaminated groundwater near Duke Energy coal ash dumps, a majority of states in the U.S. expect to see water shortages in the future, and Detroit is increasing financial aid to help residents […]

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Court decision makes it easier for EPA to leave nutrient pollution control to Mississippi River Basin states.

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The Global Rundown California’s two largest city’s will need to cut water use by 16 percent, according to the new plan. Families are fleeing parts of Iraq due to fighting and shortages of food and water, while Honduras is the most dangerous country for environmental activists. Ho Chi Minh City is losing more than a […]

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The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. […]

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The Global Rundown Droughts, floods, sanitation problems and other water risks are costing the world billions each year. Farm pollution is worsening in China, the Solomon Islands refused to let a gold mine release untreated water from its tailings dam, and Pakistan found eight bottled water brands to be unsafe for consumption. Saudi Arabia should […]

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The Global Rundown Copper mines in Chile will need to use sea water in the future as conflicts over fresh water escalate, industry officials say. Wildfires are raging in Siberia, while droughts in Kenya are driving herders to sell their land. China, Japan, and South Korea signed a new water agreement at the World Water […]

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Beyond Sendai, water community turns attention to Sustainable Development Goals.

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The Global Rundown Water systems in places like Syria and Gaza are critically damaged and causing health risks, while militants continue to target water infrastructure in the Middle East, the Red Cross says. In the United States, Duke Energy claims it will fight a record-setting fine for groundwater pollution in North Carolina, and residents in […]

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The Global Rundown Increasingly severe droughts in the western United States could give utilities more power to set higher prices for water. Ireland’s government is considering ways to make people pay their water bills, while making Los Angeles’ water systems resilient to earthquakes could cost billions. Dozens of people die each day in the Philippines […]

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The Global Rundown Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan sign an agreement to end the conflict over the Grand Renaissance dam on the Nile River. Bhutan searches for international investors to help protect its vital watersheds, Rajendra Singh of India wins the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, and thousands of water charge protesters march in Dublin. The United […]

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The Global Rundown An increase in biofuel use is driving up California’s water footprint for energy, and household leaks in the United States lose billions of cubic meters of water each year. Contaminated water and juices are spreading typhoid fever in Uganda, and residents of Vanuatu are running out of food and water. Water managers […]

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The Global Rundown A report from global health organizations highlights the lack of safe water and sanitation at health centers. Rivers in a Vietnam province are down 80 percent due to drought, while California considers stricter water conservation measures today. Alberta, Canada introduced stricter regulations to protect water from oil sands development, and scientists found […]

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